Animal Science

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Animal Science is the applied science of domesticated animals, including farm animals, horses and companion animals. At Aberystwyth, Animal scientists study the nutrition, breeding, fertility, health, behaviour, physiology and anatomy of a wide range of domesticated animals. Our students develop the skills required for successful careers using these animals on a daily basis. 

Here’s why we think that Aberystwyth is a great place to be an animal scientist! 

  • Passionate teaching staff who conduct research in all areas of animal science;
  • Great module choice within the course, allowing you to concentrate on the species of most interest to you;
  • Fantastic modern laboratories, farms, equine centre, aquarium and microscopy suite;
  • Opportunities for foreign exchanges;
  • An award-winning institute environment. 

Course Overview

Why study Animal Science at Aberystwyth University?

  • You will be taught by enthusiastic teaching experts, who you may have already seen on TV documentaries or heard on your favourite radio show.
  • You will have access to our modern equine facility providing livery, competition and educational resources.
  • This degree has a flexible course structure allowing you to focus on one of these areas in the second and third year: Behavioural Science ; Farm Animal Science; or Equine Science.
  • The University has over 1000Ha of farmland, including lowland and upland sheep farms, a 500 cow dairy herd, intensive and extensive beef production systems, an equine centre.
  • Around the university campus lies the local woodland with over a hundred purpose built nest boxes and homes for nature. 
  • Surrounding Aberystwyth you can explore some of our beautiful habitats on our doorstep, including marine, moorland, mountain, grassland and coast, providing you with a fabulous variety of fieldwork and recreational opportunities.
  • Local wildlife includes red kites and bottlenose dolphins to name a few.
  • The Department also has wonderful museum full of historic zoological specimens. 

Want to study in Welsh?

Students can elect to study a number of IBERS modules in the medium of Welsh. Check out the module tab for more information!

Our Staff

The majority of teaching staff at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Vocational courses also have staff whose background lies within industry.  The Institute has a large number of research only staff with whom students may have contact.

Modules September start - 2022

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Animal Breeding: Genetics and Reproduction BR25220 20
Immunology BR22220 20
Veterinary Health BR27120 20
Applied Nutrition of Livestock, Horses and Companion Animals BR20720 20
Research Methods BR27520 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Equine and Human Exercise Physiology BR21520 20
Ethology BR21620 20
Livestock Production Systems BR20420 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Research Project BR36440 40
Veterinary Infectious Diseases BR34120 20
Veterinary Pharmacology and Disease Control BR36820 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Equine Nutrition and Pasture Management BR35720 20
Equine Stud Management BR32520 20
Behaviour and Welfare of Domesticated Animals BR35120 20
Behavioural Neurobiology BR35320 20
Advances in Agriculture BR34820 20
Livestock Production Science BR30820 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


What career prospects exist for me?

The degree will allow you to explore a career in:

  • Assessing the welfare of domestic animals;
  • Use of genetics to maximise the efficiency of breeding programmes for domestic animals;
  • Animal nutrition;
  • Teaching, including in further or higher education;
  • Research across the spectrum of Animal Science;
  • Scientific publishing;
  • Laboratory work in both the private and public sector.

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

What do I gain from studying Animal Science?

In addition to the degree-specific courses, our degree at Aberystwyth University teaches you a broad range of transferable skills such as observation, research, analysis and reflection.

You will also be studying in a department that has invested over £55 million in infrastructure of student facilities.

The department has close links with many learned societies such as the British Society for Animal Science, and international research institutions, which provide a great way of networking with those in your field. 

Course Content

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.

In the first year you will explore:

  • Anatomy and physiology of domesticated animals
  • Major farm animal production systems (beef, sheep, dairy, pig, broiler and egg)
  • Cell structure
  • Biomolecules
  • Genetics
  • Metabolism
  • And have training in communication and research skills.

In your second year you will study:

  • Mammalian reproductive anatomy and physiology relevant to livestock, equids and companion animals
  • Animal welfare
  • The immune system
  • You will be given an option to follow an equine, livestock or behavioural pathway, with modules specific to these pathways
  • Material necessary for your final year dissertation
  • An opportunity to undertake a period of work experience.

In your third year you will investigate:

  • Animal biotechnology
  • Animal breeding
  • Parasitology
  • Infectious diseases
  • You will continue to follow your chosen pathway, with its specific modules
  • And undertake a compulsory dissertation.

How will I be taught?

Your course will be delivered through lectures, workshops, tutorials and practicals.

You will receive training in concepts, research and methodology relating to science of animal.This will be undertaken by laboratory research and experimentation, as well as hands-on exercises.

You will be assessed through:

  • Essays
  • Practical exercise
  • Oral presentations
  • Worksheets
  • Reports
  • Statistical exercises
  • Dossiers
  • Posters
  • Portfolios
  • Wikis
  • Reflective diaries
  • Literature reviews
  • Magazine articles
  • Field notebooks
  • Exams.

Student Testimonials

Studying Animal Science at Aberystwyth was the best experience I have ever had.  It not only gave me an insight into the field I wished to build a career in, but it also prepared me for my life outside of University.  Modules in nutrition, animal breeding and animal health, just to name a few, all feature greatly in my day to day life within my job.  From lecturers to the course content, there isn’t one part of University or my course I don’t miss and look back fondly on. Sarah - BSc Animal Science. Feed Formulator, ForFarmers

I love the practical aspect of the Animal Science course as well as the interesting lectures. Being able to choose a pathway means we are able to specialize and study what we are most interested in from the second year. Being based in Aberystwyth means there is plenty of scope for lambing and farm work alongside my studies. Lewis Wescott

The course has greatly increased my knowledge. It has opened many doors for my future career prospects or to go on to further study. Caitlin Jenkins

I chose Aberystwyth University because of the excellent reputation, wide variety of modules available and because of the horse riding facilities. I remember University life as a great mix of life with horses, meeting great friends with similar interests and studying topics that were close to my heart. Barbara - Commercial Manager, Animal Health for Charles River Laboratories

Doing Animal Science at Aberystwyth University was the best decision of my life – it has moulded me into the person I am today. Everyone was so friendly and the course was set at just the right level with great facilities from studying in the libraries to the practical sessions in the labs and field. My course helped me by giving me an insight into the farming industry alongside an in depth knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the animals I work with on a daily basis.
Dawn - Egg Marketing Inspector for Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA), part of DEFRA

Growing up in the east of England, I had never even set foot in Wales until I came to visit Aberystwyth University. I was sold on ‘Aber’ that day. Not only was the location truly beautiful but the Animal Science course really stood out alongside other universities I had applied for, allowing me to specialise in specific subject areas to suit my skills and interests.
Laura - Nutrition Advisor, Dodson and Horrell Ltd

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 120 - 104

A Levels BBB-BCC with B in Biology

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DDD-DDM in a specified subject

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in Biology at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in Biology

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes undergraduate applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma or T-level qualifications, provided that relevant subject content and learning outcomes are met. We are not able to accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas or T-levels as a general qualification for every undergraduate degree course.
Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits and offers can vary. If you would like to check the eligibility of your qualifications before submitting an application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and guidance.

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